Even those in the Spanish Oak garden, where high walls offer good protection, had succumbed to the same fate.
Just the week before, my neighbor had picked zucchini from this plant. Beans, peppers and tomatoes had met a similar fate.
The Mexican lime tree was not safely tucked away in the greenhouse as in previous years. Will it ever bear again I wonder?
Surely I could find something to cheer me up among all the destruction. This tiny native cosmos, just a couple of inches above the gravel, survived because it was so tiny. Just like alpine flowers.
The leaves of the heartleaf skullcap had no problem with shaking off the cold. They will surely give a great display in the spring.
The alyssum is not about to wait for spring. What a tough little trooper.
Among all the frozen wilted plants there are signs of the year to come. Bluebonnets, poppies, coreopsis, nigella have germinated in the fall rains.